Evacuations underway in Sudan as conflict continues

The evacuation of diplomats and employees of foreign embassies continues in Sudan amidst ongoing violence in Khartoum.

Jordanian citizens evacuated from Sudan arrived safely in Amman in the early hours of Monday.

A statement by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry shows that 343 Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians and Germans were evacuated from Port Sudan by 4 military planes.

They landed at Marka airport in Amman.

Sudan’s army said on Saturday (April 22) it was helping to evacuate foreign nationals from the country via Port Sudan, 650 km (400 miles) from Khartoum, after a week of strife that has killed hundreds of civilians, even as its forces battled paramilitary rivals in the capital, including with air strikes.

With the airport closed and skies unsafe, thousands of foreigners – including embassy staff, aid workers and students in Khartoum and elsewhere in Africa’s third-largest country – have been unable to get out.

The statement, citing army chief Abdel Fatteh al-Burhan, came after promises by rival Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, to open airports for evacuations.

Reuters reported that the two sides of the conflict in Sudan have so far failed to observe ceasefires agreed almost daily since hostilities broke out on April 15, including a three-day truce to allow citizens to reach safety and visit family during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

According to World Health Organization, at least 420 people have been killed and over 3,700 others have been injured in the Sudan conflict over the past week.